Tromello, La Via Francigena
The Via Francigena, i.e. the “route coming from the reign of the Franks”, was cited for the first time in 876 A.D. and is known as the long road starting in Canterbury and finishing in Rome. Over the centuries this millenary route was travelled by merchants, kings, religious people and pilgrims, who went to Rome and from here to the Holy Land or Santiago de Compostela. In the Middle Ages, the Via Francigena thus became a meeting point for cultures, symbols and languages of the Christian Western world.
For centuries it has represented the main link between Rome and the rest of Europe, so that in 2004 it was officially proclaimed “Leading European Cultural Itinerary” by the Council of Europe and in 2007 “Reseau porteur”, i.e. leading network also thanks to the role played by the European Association of Vie Francigene.
The following are the municipalities of the province of Pavia touched by the pedestrian track of the Via Francigena: Palestro, Robbio, Nicorvo, Mortara, Tromello, Garlasco, Gropello Cairoli, Carbonara al Ticino, San Martino Siccomario, Pavia, Valle Salimbene, Linarolo, Belgioioso, Corteolona, Santa Cristina and Bissone, Chignolo Po.